J. Bernard Alexander, III Receives The Jim Robie Professionalism and Civility Award
LACBA congratulates J. Bernard Alexander, III, a partner at Alexander Krakow + Glick LLP, who was selected as the recipient of the 2020 Jim Robie Professionalism and Civility Award.
The Award is given annually by LACBA’s Litigation Section to a Los Angeles trial lawyer whose career demonstrates the same qualities of professionalism, civility, service, enthusiasm, and collegiality as the Section’s former chair, Jim Robie. Not only was Mr. Robie an accomplished trial lawyer, he was a consummate professional who embraced civility and service to the bar and the civil justice system.
Mr. Alexander, who specializes in plaintiff employment litigation, said “It is an unexpected honor and a privilege to join the short list of well-respected attorneys who have received the Jim Robie award in the past."
LACBA Litigation Section Statement in Support of the Independence of the Judiciary
In light of recent statements challenging the legitimacy of judicial opinions, including opinions issued by the United States District Court for the Central District of California, the Litigation Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association reaffirms its support of an independent and impartial judiciary that is free from political influence and intimidation. The judiciary’s independence and impartiality are foundational to our constitutional democracy. We affirm the right to challenge a judge’s ruling for reasons based in fact, law, or policy. However, when robust criticism of the federal judiciary crosses into personal attacks or intimidation, it threatens to undermine public confidence in the fairness of our courts, the constitutional checks and balances underlying our government, and the preservation of our courts. Therefore, we must remain vigilant to protect the judiciary against attacks that seek to undermine the public’s confidence in the legitimacy of the courts and in the rule of law. In doing so, we stand together with the judiciary, which serves as a vital component of our government’s system of checks and balances.
The Litigation Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association issues this statement in its name only and not on behalf of LACBA as a whole or any other Section or Committee thereof. Nor is this Statement issued on behalf of any member of the judiciary nor any other member of the Section for whom participation in the formulation of the position would conflict with that member's official or professional responsibilities. This statement was authorized by the private sector attorneys serving on the Executive Committee of the Litigation Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association. Members of the Judiciary and employees of the City, State, or Federal Government who serve on the Litigation Section Executive Committee did not participate in the decision to issue this statement.
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